Updated on 16 October, 2021
"Let's Speak English" is a comic strip cartoon published by Tomohawk Publishing Corporation. The series was created and written by American comic strip artist John Broglia. Following his experiences as a missionary in Singapore, Mr. Broglia chose to use English as his native language. He has worked on a number of other popular comic strips including "The Amazing Spider-Man", "The Ghost and Lady Spider", "My Boyfriend is a Sea Urchin" and "That Was a Long Time ago".
"Follows the adventures of English teacher Mary Cagle over a three year period teaching English to primary school children in the small rural community of Kurihara, Japan." The comic book story follows Mary as she attempts to overcome everyday obstacles while trying to bring happiness and love to her young charges. Each issue contains numerous panels of story featuring Mary, illustrated with detailed drawings of various locations and people around her. Issues focus on various aspects of daily life for Mary, such as her trip to the local market with her daughter, spending time with her new neighbors and her attempts at helping them.
The storyline consists of several different perspectives, each featuring a new viewpoint on Mary's life. In "V. I. W., pt. II", we see Mary struggling to solve the mystery of V. I. W., which involves an attempted assassination of King Klaw. In "P. M. S., pt. II", Mary is caught in a plot by a warlord to rid the world of her child, only it turns out that she's rescuing the child instead. The last few issues feature "M. M. P., pt. II", dealing with the events after Mary is captured and imprisoned by the Yakuza.
Let's Speak English is one of my favorite comic strips. It may not be for everyone, but it's worth a look. A quick trip through the Let's Speak English website shows many of the strips along with transcriptions. In addition, there are some great websites dedicated to Let's Speak English which can provide you with additional information, such as forums and blogs. If you're serious about learning the language, I highly recommend this comic strip for the simple lessons it provides.
Let's Speak English is also available on DVD. While this may appeal more to the adults, children will benefit as well from watching this DVD repeatedly. There are many Let's Speak English YouTube movies that feature some of the cartoon scenes, and even some of the spoken dialogues. These DVDs allow children to see how other people are learning the language. The results are often surprisingly accurate.
The cartoon itself was created by American artist Clay Patterson, and it features some very colorful characters. The story is centered on a boy who is transformed into a monster by some strange chemicals, and he ends up taking on the appearance of many other animals. Through various episodes, children learn about the different animal forms and what the different letters stand for. There is a lot of fun here for children of all ages, and it is definitely worth the time spent watching it.
In addition to the Let's Speak English videos and the DVD of the cartoon, there are also several books based on the strip. If you're an avid Let's Speak English follower, I would definitely recommend checking out these books. In particular, one of these books has several short stories based on the characters in the cartoon. This is an excellent choice if you know someone who is fond of reading children's stories about animals. These books are very inexpensive, and they are even available in bookstores in the U.S.A.
There really is no way to talk about Let's Speak English cartoons without mentioning one of the most popular ones: Spenny. This is a great show for children to watch, and it can even make learning the English language easier for children who are already fluent in other languages. If you haven't had a chance to catch it, I highly recommend it. Watching this popular cartoon is truly a delight for children of all ages, and if you have kids in your family, I would guarantee that Spenny will appeal to them.